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scrutiny. david martin is at the pentagon. >> reporter: the use of drones to hunt and kill suspected terrorists has replaced the all-out air strikes with which the wars in iraq and afghanistan began. drones have become the first line of defense against terrorists shadowing and striking them in remote areas of pakistan and yemen. >> impact. >> i'm a big advocate of drones. >> reporter: today former defense secretary robert gates argue head that in addition to the advantage of not putting a pilot's life at risk drones cause remarkably few civilian casualties. >> first of all the numbers i believe are extremely small. and second you do have the ability to limit that collateral damage more than with any other weapon system that you have. >> reporter: critics dispute that and say civilian casualties fuel hatred of america and create more terrorists than they kill. but armed drones are only increasing in number. this helicopter drone which the navy uses for surveillance is about to be armed with laser guided rockets. giving it the capability to launch strikes from the back of ships. and th
as sequestration take effect at the beginning of march. the pentagon has to reduce spending by $46 billion in the remaining seven months of fiscal year 2013. >> if these cuts happen there will be a serious disruption in defense programs and a sharp decline in our military readiness. >> reporter: this army document says three-fourths of its combat brigades will have to delay their training for several months resulting in a failure to meet demands of the national military strategy by the end of this year. afraid it will have to take $18 billion out of its own budget the army has already stopped maintenance of 1,300 vehicles and 17,000 weapons. according to this document the air force would cut its overhauls of aircraft by one-third, with the result that some planes would have to be grounded. flying hours for air force pilots would be cut by 18%. >> it puts at risk our fundamental mission of protecting the american people. >> reporter: combat operations in afghanistan would not be affected by the cuts but the pull-out of $20 billion worth of equipment could be delaye
in syria. the plan was directed by david petraeus and backed by pentagon leaders and secretary of state hillary clinton. the white house had doubts which rebels could be trusted with the arms. those details came to light during a senate hearing on libya and republicans had some tough questions for panetta, who revealed he and president obama spoke once during the eight-hour benghazi attack that left four americans dead and explained why the pentagon didn't send any war planes. >> reporter: the reason planes were not launched the attack came in two waves in two different locations and after the first wave ended after about an hour and a half they all thought it was over plus he said there wasn't enough actionable intelligence on the ground to act. >> you can't just willy-nilly send f-16s there and blow the hell out of a place without knowing what's taking place. >> reporter: under questioning by republicans secretary panetta and the joint chiefs of staff martin dempsey say they were aware in the months before attack u.s. ambassador chris stevens was worried about s
achieve? everything. david martin, cbs news, the pentagon. >>> before romesha's medal of honor ceremony, his son provided comic relief. 1 1/2-year-old colin got behind the president's podium and tried to climb up on the chair reserved for his dad. a show stealer. >>> coming up after your local news on "cbs morning news," charlie rose sits down with dick cheney. >>> that's the "cbs morning news" for this tuesday. thanks for watching. i'm anne-marie green. have a great day. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com -- www.vitac.com and i'm michelle griego. time is 4:-- here >>> good morning. happy fat tuesday, by the way. february 12, i'm frank mallicoat. >> i'm michelle griego. time now is just about 4:30. let's check the weather. it's fat tuesday so live it up today. >> this is a good day to do in. a little patchy fog in the bay area but looks like we'll see a lot of sunshine in most spots by the afternoon. 30s and 40s now. much warmer weather is on the way. we'll talk about that coming up. >> we'll check the bay bridge toll plaza. so far it looks good hea
, cbs news, the pentagon. >> and that's the "cbs evening news" for tonight. for all of us at cbs news all around the world, good night. >> your realtime captioner: linda marie macdonald >>> good evening, i'm allen martin. >> i'm elizabeth cook. we have breaking news on a police standoff in newark. officers are at easy 8 motel where a suspected bank robber has barricaded himself inside one of the rooms. this is video from chopper 5 from a short time ago. this is hang on cedar court which is near the nimitz freeway. you've looking at live pictures of the scene right now. police say two men robbed a bank in fremont earlier today and a vehicle matching the description of the getaway car was traced back to that easy 8 motel. one of the suspects surrendered around 4 p.m. but police tell us he has been uncooperative. we'll bring you more developments as they come in. >>> a surprise for police officers raiding a suspected drug house in fairfield. they found a stash of drugs and cash but also an alligator. kpix 5 reporter ann notarangelo at the vacavi
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